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Has internet dating made it easier to find love, or just made us feel lonelier?

By Mary Fitzgerald   February 2013


This year marks the 30th anniversary of online romance, sort of. The first couple to meet online and subsequently marry were brought together by an early incarnation of the web—the Computer Science Network (CSNET)—in 1983. Three decades later, internet dating is now the second most common way of starting a relationship, after meeting through friends. The industry takes in an estimated £2.5bn worldwide each year, and Brits are the most enthusiastic online daters in Europe: last year over 9m of us logged on to find a partner.


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